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Limelight: Especially for You ...

Sept. 1, 2005
Snoop ..

by Lori Trost, DMD, Editor

Snoop ...

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One of the prevailing questions faced daily in dentistry is: Did I get all the decay? Let’s face it, when removing a lot of these “old” amalgams, decay is present and the preparation boundaries become very large. Enter a great tool for conservative cavity preparation with confidence - Snoop. Snoop is a propylene glycol-based caries detecting dye. It sounds simple enough, but here’s the catch. Snoop distinguishes between the layers of dentin that are infected (carious) and affected (inner layer not penetrated by bacteria that can remineralize) by the contrast of a dark blue color. In just 10 seconds, Snoop stains what needs to be removed.

Tricaine Blue Topical Anesthetic ...

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WOW was my response the first time I used this topical anesthetic. I am always looking for any trick to reduce patient anxiety or discomfort when it comes to pain management and anesthesia, and this topical is “the bomb,” as my assistants say. Dry the tissue with a 2x2 gauze, apply a dab of Tricaine Blue onto a cotton swab, place in the desired area to inject, and then wait a few minutes. The anesthesia is profound and you can proceed with certainty. Samples are available at John Hollis Pharmacist, Inc., (615) 327-3234.

Liberator Files ...

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One of my favorite procedures is endo, mainly due to the introduction of nickel titanium files. Well, Miltex has just introduced its Liberator file system and it is a hit. These NiTi files do not self-thread (a major cause of separations), have a straight flute design that reduces torque, and are designed with a noncutting Roane tip. Liberator files rotate at 1,500 to 2,000 rpm, are designed for better cutting efficiency and debris removal, are easily identified (which helps not only me, but my assistant), and finally, I really like the control these files deliver.

CompCore AF ...

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Core materials are critical for proper restorative outcomes. When the material of choice can be dual-cured, radiopaque, and fluoride-releasing, we have a win/win in CompCore AF. This easy-to-use automix syringe touts excellent mechanical properties of low shrinkage, high compressive strength, and low solubility. I really like the way this syringe fits in my hand. CompCore AF easily flows without creating bubbles and simplifies the build-up process. It light-cures in 40 seconds or chemically sets in 4.5 minutes, and is available in three shades. Learn more at